“Your Film Festival” Contest Open to All Aspiring Filmmakers

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Filmmakers start your cameras!  If you’ve been waiting for that sign that says “Make your movie!”—it just arrived. has announced the Your Film Festival 2012 contest, a “global competition to find the world’s best storytellers.” The contest is a collaboration between YouTube, Emirates Airlines, The Venice Film Festival and Scott Free Productions, the production company of Ridley Scott and Tony Scott. (Tom has worked with both brothers. Ridley helmed Legend, and Tony held the reins for Top Gun and Days of Thunder.)

The Mission: To give talented filmmakers 15 minutes to strut their stuff in front of millions of viewers. Here’s the down and dirty from YouTube on participating:

“This is Your Film Festival. You have until March 31st to submit a short, story-driven video. There’s no entry fee. It can be any format–short film, web-series episode, TV pilot–and any genre. In June audiences around the world will vote, sending 10 deserving storytellers to open the 2012 Venice Film Festival where a Grand Prize winner will be rewarded with a $500,000 grant to create a new work, produced by Ridley Scott and his world-class team.”

Click here to read the complete rules about the exciting filmmaking contest.

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To be the best filmmaker you can be, do a little recon on the position with our    #Aspiring2ActWriteDirect blog series. The successful and in-depth look at the entertainment industry covers both mobile and traditional filmmaking techniques. So, before tackling this chance of a lifetime with YouTube, go to filmmaking school with our filmmakers’ guides.

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Keep us updated on your progress! If you make the next great short film of the century, send us a link so we can share it with readers all over the world. Good luck!

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